1999 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Good vehicle

1999 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

149 Total Reviews

Sport 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Good vehicle
By cjweb on


1999 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


My wife and I have owned this truck for several years and have about 90k miles on it now. It has been very reliable and easy to maintain. I had the the ball joints replaced at about 70k miles, as the steering seemed slightly vague on-center. That cured the problem completely. I also had the EGR valve replaced at about 75k miles, and I had one of the chips in the ignition key quit working one time, which required a new key. Aside from those three problems, it has been a joy to own. With the 302 V8, the fuel economy is about what you'd expect (14 city/18 hwy) but the AWD is fantastic in the snow. I've owned 4WD pickups and the Explorer is much more capable. I would recommend this vehicle.

Best Features

Interior space, powerful engine, reliable electronics, decent brakes, trailer pulling capability

Worst Features

Drivers seat could move back farther for taller drivers, slightly heavier springs in back end.
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